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August 27, 2009

Take a look, it’s in a book.

Filed under: Uncategorized — akcb @ 11:44 pm


Ladybird, LAB & I have started a Great Books of the ’70s & ’80s book club. Our first selection? Scruples by Judith Krantz. I read the first 40 pages before I went to bed last night. Awesome. By page 35ish, the protagonist, Billy Ikehorn is scattering her late husband’s ashes from a solid gold box from the window of her private plane over the vineyard they owned. She then proceeds to seduce the pilot in a seedy motel after plying him with scotch from her travel bar. She leaves him the golden vessel as a memento. That shit’s money. She gave him her box and then she gave him her box.

If any local bloggers want to join in our reindeer games, drop me a tweet(@akcb) and I’ll let you know when we meet to discuss. But we’ll have decent discussion questions like “Which parts had you locking yourself in the bathroom and masturbating furiously?” Oprah can suck it.


  1. Wow. Your book club kicks my book club’s ass.

    Comment by Sarah — August 28, 2009 @ 6:55 am

  2. It may be the best book I’ve ever read. And I’m only to the part Bea so lovingly described.

    Comment by Ladybird — August 28, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

  3. I think we should meet for dinner at restaurants that reflect what we are reading. And I can’t wait to read “Flowers in the Attic,” “Princess Daisy” and “Lace.”

    Comment by LAB — August 28, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  4. You might want to add Harold Robbins “Descent from Xanadu ” to your list. It has it all, drugs, sex, the fountain of youth, and a freakishly endowed pygmy. srsly.

    Comment by midtown miscreant — August 30, 2009 @ 12:30 am

    • MM, that sounds rock-solid. It’s on the list! Next up we’re doing “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles” out of respect for Dominick Dunne’s passing.

      Comment by akcb — August 30, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

  5. heres a description of it http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/harold-robbins/descent-from-xanadu.htm

    Comment by midtown miscreant — August 30, 2009 @ 12:30 am

  6. You know, I can’t believe we don’t have Sidney Sheldon on the list. We are getting old.

    Comment by LAB — August 31, 2009 @ 8:08 pm

  7. For cheesy-sleazy-incredable readey, you can’t forget Chances by Jackie Collins or The other side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon. As for Harold Robbins: The carpetbaggers was his best, The Lonley Lady was the trashiest(the movie version starred Pia Zadora-nuff said)
    As for naughty scenes, if I recall, Joyce Haber’s The users has the psydo Liza charector enjoying her Oscar in ways the Academy had not anticipated. However the scene that had me saying “oh my” as a teenager started on page 26 of the Godfather, where Sonny takes on the Bridesmaid. No one I knew ever read the rest of the book, but everyone knew that passage.
    Here is my first Comment, sorry that it was so long. Don’t get me started…

    Comment by mrjwp — September 2, 2009 @ 10:26 am

  8. “If Tomorrow Comes” is my favorite Sidney Sheldon book. It involves women in prison. What more could you ask for? (Well except for gay sex.)

    Comment by LA — September 2, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

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